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Samsung Galaxy Tab revealed

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September 2, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Apple has defined the market for tablet computers with its iPad and every new release since has inevitably drawn the question – is this an iPad killer? By the looks of things, Samsung's first tablet offering – the Galaxy Tab – could well be. The device trumps its rival on three key points. It's significantly smaller, lighter and more portable, it includes a camera and it works as a phone. We got our hands on the Galaxy Tab during the official launch at IFA today.

Samsung is labeling the tablet as a "Smart Media Device," an attempt to make clear that this is a new product category. While the iPad with its bigger screen is for the couch, this device is aimed at squarely portability and on that front it seems to have all the boxes ticked.

The Galaxy Tab weighs just 380g and measures 190 x 120 x 11.9 mm (7.4 x 4.7 x 0.47), so it could be squeezed into a jacket pocket without too much difficulty.

It runs on Android 2.2, has a 1GHz processor and critically, it works as a phone. The main camera seems a little light on resolution at 3.2 megapixels, but the inclusion of a front facing unit also makes possible mobile video conferencing on the 1024 x 600, 7-inch TFT display (not AMOLED as had been rumored).

The other big question when you're talking portable devices is battery life. Samsung says the Galaxy Tab's 4000 mA battery is good for more than seven hours of HD video playback, and there's support for HTML 5, Adobe Flash Player 1.10 (another key point of difference from the iPad) and multiple codecs including DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263 and H.264.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be rolled-out later this month in the US and Asia with a European arrival expected in early October and other markets to follow.

Samsung Galaxy Tab revealed

In line with the company's usual business model, the tablet will be offered through carrier partners, with major US providers are among these. Samsung isn't discussing details on exactly what the deals will be in different markets, or what the final price for the consumer is at this stage, saying only that the price point "will be competitive."

There are also no plans for the direct sale of a Wi-Fi only version.

We can rest assured that this won't be the last salvo fired in the growing tablet war – a smaller version of the iPad could well be the next shot fired – and that's good news for the mobile tech consumer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab revealed
  • Dimensions: 190 x 120 x 11.9 mm (HxWxD) / 380 g
  • OS: AndroidTM v 2.2
  • Platform: Quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz), W-CDMA HSDPA / HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 4000 mAh up to 7 hours of video playback
  • Display: 7 "/ 17.8 cm touchscreen, TFT, 1024x600 pixels
  • Memory: 16 / 32 GB internal memory, microSDTM slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera, secondary camera for video calls
  • Wireless connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth ® v3.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab revealed

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    8 Comments

    Put in a better screen, and a Digital tuner (DVB-T), and you got your next buyer!

    Harpal Sahota
    3rd September, 2010 @ 09:48 am PDT

    I strongly suggest you avoid writing that cliched, trite and utterly ridiculous phrase "iPad killer" ever again. The only iPad killer there ever will be is Apple itself, if they ever decide to abandon the product. I can't begin to count how many fools have written about purported "iPod killers" since that was introduced almost nine years ago. Recent figures put iPad sales at roughly 2 million units per month and Apple is working to increase production 50% over that. It's not dying anytime in the foreseeable future. At best, the Galaxy Tab might be a strong competitor, but that remains to be seen.

    Gadgeteer
    3rd September, 2010 @ 09:21 pm PDT

    For the most part I agree with the fellows sentiments above.

    However, I think the space where the laptop ends and the phone begins is very large and companies are still scrambling to find the right combination of size and set of technological applications.

    Even if the combination that Samsung has put together is very popular, Apple will make its own variation.

    In the end, it is not just about the hardware. It is about great software and the ability to forge sales relations with wireless providers.

    Apple is way ahead in both areas. Everyone else will be playing catch up...

    -Dennis

    PrometheusGoneWild.com
    5th September, 2010 @ 06:23 pm PDT

    Adobe Flash support... !!! :)

    Front and back facing cameras...!!!! :)

    Competition:

    Apple is rumored to be releasing a iPad-"mini" this Christmas... we'll see....

    Now if someone would make one of these with an internal, but removable, small phone for use when carrying the full pad is not practical, that would be "killer". One data-voice plan for the pad-phone combo!

    matthew.rings
    6th September, 2010 @ 06:41 pm PDT

    ..do we have any idea what Sammy's new tablet is worth by the way.. this is the clincher for me at the rate that new tech is becoming old..

    I am in the market for a tablet and don't mind shelling out a few bucks, as long as it isn't the new doorstop next week..

    but if the new Nokia N8 hits our shores soon (Oct. I hear).. then the tablet can wait a little bit longer.. (happy N97 owner)

    kri
    10th September, 2010 @ 09:59 pm PDT

    Matt,

    They call the device you are thinking of a "bluetooth headset".

    Okay, I'm joking. I agree, a removable phone "dongle" for use with a headset or just with call-in function would be nice. Better yet, start selling headsets as the actual phones (with voice dial) with a connection to these devices that allows you to use contacts and hand dial.

    This is a nice enough device otherwise that I am inclined to get one if I can without a contract. Unfortunately, since the Droids run something like $500 without a contract, I might not be up for shelling out the cash.

    Charles Bosse
    10th September, 2010 @ 11:23 pm PDT

    Apple.... PC...Linux... Who F-ing cares. Push the religion aside and embrace the fact that it's the device, not the brand, that people should be considering. Do I want a Steve Jobs ball-and-chain or something a little more open to the world.. I don't know about you, but I'm all for what's best for me...

    Facebook User
    10th October, 2010 @ 07:54 pm PDT

    Ok, very nice this one which will be competition to Apple. I do not need any Apple killer since it is inspiring the others to do well ans Samsun seems to fill their promises with good products. I want these two in strong good competition (and maybe others if they can deliver) since I, as a client, will benefit from that healthy competition.

    What we now want, which I sketched in 1980, is THE office attache case (which you bring along on your frequent Eurostar trips between Paris and London or Acela Express trips between NYC and Boston) where you find one Tablet computer, one all-in-one printer, external HD, solar charger and one mini-projector. With this, your all set for any circumstances and go on any mission. All of this for 2000 euros and 5000 euros if in executive leather.

    laurentien
    15th December, 2010 @ 05:08 am PST
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